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Why isn't the Players Championship a major championship?

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    I'm sure there's a straightforward answer to this, but just wondering why the Players Championship isn't the 5th major in the golf world?

    Is it because Europe decided to only allow 3 US majors into their format, and just haven't gotten around to expanding? You typically have the top 50 players in the world in this event. It's the highest prize fund of any golf tournament in the world (currently somewhere around $10 million +). And it looks and feels just like any of the other majors.

    The Players has a lot going for it, why no official major respect?

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    I'm thinking it's because they probably don't market their brand as much as the other tournys do. Perhaps they like to keep it that way. I seem to recall a sporting event that is major, but exclusive at the same time - sort of like an old boys club, if you will. I just can't put my finger on it.
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    JFoster Wrote: I just can't put my finger on it.

    I sense sarcasm. :)

    I think they market it plenty. This article makes some good points, mainly that if you do make it a 5th major, then what happens to the history books of past major winners and grand slam winners? The whole format gets completely redone, just to make this tournament 'official'. Makes sense. Really, nothing much at all would change for the Players. But the history books would have to probably be completely reworked, with lots of asterisks. And nobody likes those.

    Should The Players Championship Become the 5th Major?